Making Space: NASA’s Call to Action for Makers Who Want to Explore the Universe

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NASA's grand challenge: find all asteroid threats to human population and know what to do about them. Unlike traditional missions, this grand challenge is driven by the idea that protecting our planet is an issue bigger than any one program, mission or country. It is something that will take all of us to solve. These public-private partnerships represent a new way of doing business for NASA and a call to action for Makers: join us to become a critical part of the future of space exploration.


3D Printing a Mars Settlement

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When humans eventually settle the Red Planet they will rely heavily on fabrication tools in a lab similar to the hackerspaces and makerlabs wenwork and play in. In extreme environments far away from Earth, future pioneers will use polymer raw materials from Martian air and water to 3D print and hack themselves a home on Mars. The Mars Foundation in conjunction with HI-SEAS and Aleph Objects are now testing some of these concepts with a Lulzbot 3D printer at a prototype Mars base in Hawaii. Join us to and learn about future Mars missions and how your CAD work can directly impact the next generation of space explorers.n


Ithaca Generator

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Ithaca Generator is a makerspace in Ithaca, NY. We will be showcasing an LED matrix running the Game of Life, a gravity development board and crate bots.



The Frontier

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The Frontier: If you can Make it Mars, you can Make it anywhere

Leaving the Earth's atmosphere, traversing over 35 million miles, and descending onto the Martian landscape are all tremendous challenges...But just getting there is only the beginning. The very same challenges we face on Earth - social, environmental, political to name a few - will need to be addressed for colonization to be successful.

The Frontier, a collaboration between openNASA, [ freespace ], EkoVillages and ReAllocate, aims to inspire participation and engagement in these themes, and prototype solutions to those problems mirrored here on Earth. From speaking with Astronauts, to painting, modelling and printing your view of a Martian Colony, there will be something to Inspire everyone!

Come help Make the Frontier!



NASA: Challenging America To Invent

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We are looking for those who are willing to walk a new path. NASA's Centennial Challenges competitions program offers multi-million dollar prizes to citizen inventors. NASA's successful prize program has contributed innovative solutions to NASA problems by reaching out to nontraditional audiences. The spirit of the maker is akin to the spirit of our program.